The leaves on the trees are beginning to fall, most shopping malls are completely decked out in Christmas décor, and the temperatures are beginning to drop (even here in California!)…It’s official, the holiday season is here and most companies are taking advantage of this fact! The cosmetic industry, in particular, has added those typical holiday symbols to the majority of their product packaging and marketing strategies. Don’t believe me? Walk into an Ulta Cosmetics Store or a Sephora right now and I guarantee your mind will be changed.
Lotions are a popular “holiday” item each year and the Winter 2017 season is no exception. Pumpkin, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread are just a few of the many seasonal flavors available right now. Don’t get me wrong, they all smell delicious and their packaging is even cuter…I’m practically sold every time I see something with a smiling gingerbread man on the label, they’re always so cute, how do you resist? For me, all irresistible qualities disappear once I flip the bottle around and take a look at the ingredient label. The typical ingredients used by large and small companies alike are enough to steal the holiday spirit right out of you!
The fact of the matter is you’re doing more harm than you are good to your body when you apply synthetic ingredients like these to your skin. One way or another, they will be absorbed through your pores and into your bloodstream. My advice? Despite the cute packaging and holiday scents, just say “No”! If you’re in the mood to spread some holiday cheer just leave your skin alone and focus instead on your friends and family. Most communities could use some holiday cheer anyway, here’s your chance to give the kindness of your Christmas Spirit where it is truly needed! Or, if you would prefer to stay indoors where it’s warm, get those oven mitts out and make some gingerbread cookies!
Skip these synthetic holiday flavors altogether and choose instead a product that is natural and contains only ONE ingredient…Maple Holistics Almond Oil. I know, this isn’t necessarily a “lotion” type of product, but it is one of the best moisturizers I have come across in a very long time! Some people are opposed to using oils as moisturizers because of their texture and/or consistency. Trust me, I completely understand this viewpoint! There was once a time when I held this exact same opinion. Body oils were always too “oily” for me (go figure!). I felt like I couldn’t even move until the product was completely absorbed because I didn’t want to risk getting any oil on my furniture, clothing, or anywhere else. I experienced this issue when I first began using Coconut Oil, but what I soon came to realize was that the product was never too oily, I was just using too much!
I guess I was used to conventional lotion where a big dollop is always required for proper moisturizing treatment. So, to prevent you from making my same mistakes, be sure to always begin with a teeny tiny amount of oil and add more only when necessary.
Maple Holistics Almond Oil is rich in vitamins and nutrients the human body desperately needs for proper daily and long-term function. “Almond Oil is absorbed into the skin more quickly than other moisturizers, providing softness that lasts for a longer period of time without leaving a greasy feeling behind” (MapleHolistics.com).
Although you can use this oil as a hair mask for healthier hair or as a natural massage oil, I prefer using it as a lotion substitute. I’m absolutely fed up with reading the ingredient labels of commercial lotion products and seeing names like Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Fragrance, and Xanthan Gum (all of which are synthetic and a few which happen to be petroleum derivatives).
Okay, let’s talk about the almond scent. Typically, whenever I’ve come across “almond” flavored products in the past they have always smelled exactly the same as cherry to me.
Typically, whenever I’ve come across “almond” flavored products in the past their scent has always strongly resembled that of a synthetic cherry flavor to me.
Although I love the actual fruit, I despise cherry flavoring because it always reminds me of cherry cough syrup (gag!). But, as I began pouring the Maple Holistics Almond Oil into my hand, do you know what I smelled??? Nothing. Not a single hint of cherry. The scent was, by far, the subtlest I have come across yet.
In fact, if the label hadn’t been on the bottle, I would never have known that it was almond oil. Nowadays, it seems like the majority of companies are overflowing their products with synthetic flavorings and fragrances, probably in an attempt to cover up the scent of the other terrible ingredients corrupting its overall quality. Discovering this uncommonly subtle scent was incredibly refreshing and it is probably one of my favorite characteristics of the entire product!
Texture is another remarkable part of what makes this product so incredible and easy to use. By using a small amount, you get the perfect cure for dry skin. The vitamins in the actual oil provide a healing source that will benefit your body inside and out. If you spread Maple Holistics Almond Oil across your skin, you’re actually going to want your pores to absorb this product into your bloodstream.
The best part is that once the oil is absorbed, that “moisturized” feeling lasts all day. It’s good quality and it’s long lasting! I understand that an oil as a moisturizer isn’t for everyone, but if you’re willing to try it out, I highly recommend Maple Holistics Almond Oil!
The ingredient label should be enough to persuade you so here it is: 100% Pure Almond Oil. Yep, that’s it! Only one ingredient. This healthy and natural ingredient was enough to inspire me to try this product. I’m so glad I did because ingredient labels like Maple Holistics’ are rare and the superb quality of this product even more so! As always, this is not an advertisement nor am I receiving any kind of kickback for writing this post! I am simply sharing with my readers the truth about a really fantastic product that I have come to love by using this product and experiencing all of its benefits firsthand. It would unfair to you, my readers, if I chose not to share this incredible product. As more and more ingredients become synthetically derived, you really can’t take for granted those companies who choose to maintain the good quality of their product. Maple Holistics is one of those companies! If you’re at all interested, check out their Product Sample Program for a little taste of the great variety of products they have to offer!
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